‘My neighbourhood is being destroyed to pacify his supporters’: the race to complete Trump’s wall

In his final months in office, Donald Trump has ramped up construction on his promised physical border between the US and Mexico – devastating wildlife habitats and increasing the migrant death toll At Sierra Vista Ranch in Arizona near the Mexican border, Troy McDaniel is warming up his helicopter. McDaniel, tall and slim in a […]

‘The US isn’t an option anymore’: why California’s immigrants are heading back to Mexico

Years of anti-immigrant policies from the Trump administration have been magnified by insecurities resulting from the pandemic California’s most vulnerable immigrants have faced unprecedented challenges this year, with some weighing whether it’s worth staying in the United States altogether. Ten months of a pandemic that has disproportionately sickened immigrants and devastated some of the industries […]

Guerrero at war: chronicling southern Mexico’s forgotten conflict – photo essay

Alfredo Bosco came to Guerrero on assignment to document southern Mexican villages emptied out by conflict. Over repeated visits he documents the region’s story Life in Guerrero seems to hover at the edge of violence. The threat is pervasive: in the armed men at roadblocks, the empty nighttime streets, the kindling of street protests. Then […]

Cocktail of the week: Shop Cuvée’s clean margarita | The good mixer

A margarita by any other name bar the orange liqueur, for a cleaner finish all round Our margarita doesn’t feature triple sec or orange liqueur, which makes it a cleaner drink more like the ones they have in Mexico. Use a decent white tequila, rather than an aged one – something like Ocho or Tapatio […]

The contested legacy of the anti-fascist International Brigades

In the 1930s, thousands of men and women around the world enlisted to fight fascism in Spain. Many survivors went on to play a key role in the fight against the Nazis – but, in some cases, later became powerful servants of brutal regimes Virgilio Fernández del Real sent his last testament via WhatsApp on […]

James Comey: ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon ‘in a world of trouble’

Former aide pleads not guilty to fraud charge over fundraiser Ex-FBI director: ‘They could almost start a crime family’ The former FBI director James Comey has said Steve Bannon is “in a world of trouble”, after the former Trump campaign manager and White House adviser was arrested on a charge of skimming donations from a […]

La Caravana del Diablo: a migrant caravan in Mexico – photo essay

Photojournalist Ada Luisa Trillo has won the Guardian’s Portfolio Review award at Format photography festival this year. Her powerful piece of work on the migrant caravan follows the people who left Central American countries to reach the US In January 2020, fleeing violence and poor economic conditions, a group of Hondurans organised a huge migrant […]

‘It was fueled by hate and bigotry’: one year on from the El Paso shooting

Since a gunman killed 23 in the Texas border town, it’s faced anti-immigrant rhetoric from Donald Trump – and now Covid-19 For Angel Gomez the sunny Saturday morning of 3 August 2019 was hectic in El Paso-Ciudad Juárez, the binational community in the west Texas borderland with Mexico. His nonprofit, Operation Hope, was hosting its […]

Amlo unscathed after Trump meeting but snags cameo role in US election

The Mexican president faced criticism before his White House visit but his US counterpart was on his best behaviour It was a high-stakes encounter for a man taking his first foreign trip as president of Mexico: a visit to the White House to meet a man who has made reviling Mexicans a central pillar of […]

Mexico’s president pushes ahead with Trump trip – but is it worth the risk?

Critics say Andrés Manuel López Obrador risks humiliation when he meets his US counterpart to toast new free-trade deal He presents himself as Mexico’s low-budget president: a cost-cutting commander-in-chief who has taken the presidential jet out of service and drives a seven-year-old saloon car. But when Andrés Manuel López Obrador sets off – economy class […]

‘Enter through the back door’: secret church services in Mexico and Brazil defy Covid-19 rules

Thousands of worshippers sneak in to invitation-only assemblies organized like illegal dance parties, despite rising death tolls The invitations arrive via text message or social media. “They ask you for a kind of password to let you in,” said Jesús Preciado, whose father has attended the secretive gatherings in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Diego […]

How to make caesar salad – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

A guide to making the classic American salad that was, in fact, invented by an Italian restaurateur in Mexico Despite its imperial name, caesar salad was created in 1920s Mexico to feed the hordes of thirsty Americans forced across the border by prohibition. Wanting to relieve the pressure on his kitchen, restaurateur Caesar Cardini came […]

Mexico’s López Obrador holds daily briefings rivalling Trump’s: ‘A spectacle without any value’

Amlo, as the Mexican leader is known, is like Trump in that his press briefings focus as much on personal promotion as on offering information Coronavirus – latest US updates Coronavirus – latest global updates See all our coronavirus coverage In the course of a two-and-a-half-hour press briefing, the president claimed the country had “flattened” […]

‘The bliss of a quiet period’: lockdown is a unique chance to study the nature of cities

Empty streets and skies let the birds be heard and leave animals free to roam as well as allowing scientists to examine how humans change urban biodiversity Peregrine falcons have swapped sea cliffs for the UK parliament and red-crowned parrots have left tropical forests in Mexico for the leafy neighbourhoods of Pasadena. Cities all over […]

Environmental activist killed in Mexico – the third this year

Adán Vez Lira shot dead while he rode his motorcycle in Actopan, Veracruz state A prominent environmental activist has been killed in Mexico, the third such death in the country this year. The UN office of the high commissioner for human rights said Adán Vez Lira was shot on 8 April while he rode his […]

How coronavirus almost brought down the global financial system

The crisis has brought the economy to a near halt, and left millions of people out of work. But thanks to intervention on an unprecedented scale, a full-scale meltdown has been averted – for now. By Adam Tooze In the third week of March, while most of our minds were fixed on surging coronavirus death […]

Sports quiz: what are the stories behind these iconic photos?

You have seen the pictures of Bolt, Pelé, Woods, Maradona and more but can you remember the details behind the images? More quizzes: assists, commentators, managers and rants This photo is from Muhammad Ali’s victory over Sonny Liston in 1965. In which round did Ali win the fight? The first The 10th The 12th The […]